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September 21, 2007 | Issue 645

FRONT PAGE

A racist war comes home
A terrible hate crime against an Iranian American woman in New York has thrown a spotlight on the tide of racism toward Arabs and Muslims that has accompanied U.S. wars overseas.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Does it matter if we protest?
The idea that antiwar protests don't matter has spread far--echoed even by people in, or sympathetic to, the antiwar movement. The conclusion, however, is mistaken.

NATIONAL NEWS

Losing their homes in...
The great mortgage swindle
Now that the bubble has burst, some of the filthy truth about what mortgage companies and Wall Street banks did in search of super-profits is starting to emerge.

Conviction thrown out for one of the Jena 6
A Lousiana appeals court threw out the only remaining conviction against Mychal Bell, the first of the Jena 6 to be put on trial in an example of modern-day Jim Crow injustice.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

EDITORIAL
Bowing to Bush's endless war
George W. Bush wants to keep U.S. troops in Iraq for decades--and none of the leading Democratic candidates for president disagree.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
What happened to the Obama phenomenon?
Barack Obama's fading status isn't merely the fault of advisers urging a more cautious course versus a candidate who wants to be a maverick--because Obama is no maverick.

OUR HISTORY AND TRADITION

The Communist Manifesto
Anthony Arnove describes the ideas contained in Karl Marx and Frederick Engels' classic, and why it remains a crucial document today.

ON THE PICKET LINE

The UAW's surrender at GM?
Will the United Auto Workers take over a $50 billion health care fund made up of cash and General Motors stock?

Labor in brief
New York City teachers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Antiwar protest in Washington, D.C. | Police brutality on Capitol Hill | Marching against war in Brooklyn

VIEWS AND VOICES

Kenneth Foster's "resurrection"
A spoken-word piece written by the former Texas death row prisoner whose sentence was commuted just hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

A family separated by ICE
I am suffering because my husband is living in Mexico, and I am living in San Diego. I do not have my family together because the law has no waiver to fix this problem.

Views in brief
Jay Leno's racist rant | One last Snow job | NNOC's fight for nurses' rights

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Art and the women's movement
An exhibit of feminist art opening in Washington, D.C., gives a glimpse of an art movement that was intertwined with the development of a political movement.

11th Hour asks if time is running out?
A new documentary by first-time directors Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen powerfully shows the intensity and scale of the environmental crisis.

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